Human Rights Watch Calls for Applications for Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship

Robert L. Bernstein, Founder, Human Right Watch
Robert L. Bernstein, Founder, Human Right Watch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is now accepting entries for Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship from candidates who hold an advanced (graduate) degree or have a degree granted by June 2019 in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines from universities worldwide. Candidates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines can also apply.

HRW is strengthened profoundly by the diversity of its staff and the differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and more. It is actively seeking and welcomes applications from people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, women, LGBTI persons, and persons with disabilities.

Successful applicants will work full-time for one year in the New York or Washington D.C. office of Human Rights Watch. In some instances, other locations may be considered.

Fellows will monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations.

The fellowship begins in September 2019.

To qualify, applicants must demonstrate strong background in international human rights and commitments to building a career in human rights; must be excellent in oral and written communications skills in English; proficiency in another language in addition to English is strongly desired, as is familiarity with countries or regions where serious human rights violations occur.

Interested applicants must be self-motivated, have ability to do multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work under pressure are required; strong initiative and follow-through, exceptional analytical skills, the capacity to think creatively and strategically, excellent editing skills, perseverance and flexibility while maintaining HRW’s high methodological standards are required; strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within HRW, as well as with external partners, are required.

Successful applicants will receive US $60,000 as annual salary, plus excellent employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Applications close on October 5, 2018 by 11:59 PM ET

To apply for the fellowship visit and attach a CV/resume, letter of interest, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others), preferably altogether as one PDF file.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted to submit the following: two letters of recommendation and an official law or graduate school transcript.

Applicants must be available for interviews in New York from late November to mid-December 2018.